Lafayette, LA (KADN) — Former Gueydan football coach Ward Courville teaches middle school science at St. Leo Seton catholic school. Science is about gathering data and making predictions. However, no prognosis he thought would land him here.
“March 2007 I was diagnosed with cancer,” Courville said. “I had back pain and I went to the doctor. The doctor ordered an MRI. I had no symptoms. They told me that if I had not gone to the doctor my kidneys would have shutdown and I would have been in the hospital. Panic started setting in and then I realized there wasn’t alot I could do about it until they did the biopsy.”
Coach Courville completed three rounds of chemotherapy and was cured just four months later by the Forth of July.
“I never said why me,” Courville said. “I accepted it as part of my journey and as a part of my walk in my faith. I think I have been blessed and given another chance. I fear now for my kids more than myself. Its more of a controlled fear because I know that God will be there for me.”
Coach Courville coaches cross country now instead of track to spend more time with his wife and three kids. His message for young people is to live everyday.
“I’m not in a hurry anymore,” Courville said. “The human race is a race to die. Cross country it is not where you start it is where you finish the plan is at the end is to be as fast as you can and to compete. I tell the kids all the time don’t be a hurry to be as fast as you can and to compete. you’ll get there when it is time.
In life, you never know how much time you have left. So keep building to be the best.